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A dangerous precedent and escalation: Raiding Al-Aqsa Mosque and evacuating it from the Marabouts and arresting two of them
October 4, 2015

In a dangerous precedent and a new escalation at Al-Aqsa Mosque, the occupation Special Forces raided on Saturday night the Mosque and evacuated all Marabouts who attempted to stay and sleep inside Al-Aqsa in response to calls by Jewish extremist groups to increase break-ins to the Mosque on Sunday in memory of the spirit of “Aytam and Neme Henken”; Aytam is a Rabbi in the Israeli army. Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the occupation forces arrested two young men (Marabouts) immediately after exiting Al-Aqsa Mosque and assaulted 11 others and severely beat them after exiting through Al-Silsileh Gate; they also checked their personal IDs. Witnesses added that the occupation forces withdrew from Al-Qibali Mosque and its surrounding and gave the young men time to leave Al-Aqsa. Immediately after exiting through Al-Silsileh Gate, they were assaulted and beaten and two were arrested. Witnesses also said that the forces damaged the “minaret” of Dung Gate while a force went on top of the roofs of Al-Qibali Mosque.